Turkey Book Quarter-Finals Spot


Turkey booked a spot in the Quarter-Finals of the U20 European Championship Women 2009 by soundly beating Bulgaria 76-50.

Turkey decided the game early by limiting Bulgaria to 20% shooting and only 16 points in the first half.

Aziz Akkaya's team paid especial attention to Bulgaria shooting guard Daniela Peteva, limiting her to two points on 1-for7 shooting for the game.

Turkey was led by Bahar Yapar who had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists.

"I think we are a very good so if we play like ourselves it doesn't  matter which team we play against- Russia, Latvia or France. 

"If we play like a Turkish team we will do a great job in this tournament," said Yapar about the upcoming Quarter-Finals.

Durdane Gumusay (11 points) put Turkey ahead by ten (18-8) after the first ten minutes on two three-pointers and a steal that she converted for a lay-up with :30 on the clock.

Turkey pulled away in the second.  It was a team effort, but Yasemen Saylar led the way with eight points in the quarter to send her team into halftime up by 26 points (42-16).

The lead grew to 31 points for Turkey with over six to play in the third when Yapar hit a wide-open lay-up.

But Bulgaria came out firing its last cartridges and outscored Turkey 12-6 over the first three minutes of the fourth period forcing coach Akkaya to call for time to settle his team. 

"I told them the game isn't over,"  said coach Akkaya.  

"Seven minutes is too much time, they had it in their mind that they had won the game.  I told them game isn't over, so they woke up and played the game."

His team responded going on an 8-0 run, including five points from Yapar to crush any thoughts of a Bulgarian miracle.

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